Sam Laubscher, Principal
Sam is originally from South Africa, where he qualified as a solicitor in 1983. Originally a prosecutor, he entered private practice in 1987, establishing his own firm in Cape Town in 1990. The firm, still carrying his name, continues to practise successfully.
Sam came to New Zealand in 1993, and to Te Kuiti in 1994, joining Wally Bain in partnership in 1996. One of two partners at the time of the firm being established, Sam is now the sole Principal.
Sam practices mainly in the areas of commercial law, company law, rural law, estate planning, trust law and conveyancing.
Outside of the office Sam enjoys participating in and watching sport, and is a former chairman of the King Country Rugby Union. He is still involved in the Judiciary of the Union. He is married to Linda, and has one daughter, Amy.
Max was born in rural Taranaki, educated in Taranaki and Auckland and attended Auckland University. He practiced in Auckland 1964-1968, Thames 1968-1970, and Te Kuiti since 1970. Since that time, his practice has been based in Te Kuiti, and at times in Hamilton; for 15 years he was a Partner in Tompkins Wake with an office based in Te Kuiti.
Max specialises in rural law – particularly succession planning and trust administration for farming families. He is a trustee of many trusts and wills.
In recent years, Max has become a specialist in wind farming contracts. He acts for numbers of groups of landowners in the negotiation, and documentation of agreements with wind farm developers and companies. These clients are based in Auckland, Waikato, Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa, Manawatu, and the Wanganui regions.
Max and his wife live on a rural property adjacent to Te Kuiti. His interests include sport – he is a golfer, and at various times has held offices in numbers of sporting organisations. He is Chairman of the Trustees of the King Country Rugby Union Finance Trust Trust and Maniapoto Rugby Sports Trust. He has held numbers of positions in education, including Chairman of Primary and Secondary Schools Boards of Trustees. He has also been a member of various hospital committees and served on both the Waikato Hospital Board, and the Waikato Crown Health Enterprise, he was Deputy Chairman of Health Waikato. He is at present a Chairman of the Braemar Hospital Trust (Hamilton) and a Director of Braemar Hospital Limited.
He has also been involved in Law Society affairs. He was a member of the (now) Waikato Bay of Plenty District Law Society Council, was Vice President, and also a member of the New Zealand Law Society Council. He was also Chairman of the District Law Society Ethics Committee for a number of years.
Max is married to Carol, has two adult children, and six grandchildren.
Melissa was raised in Taumarunui, and completed her secondary schooling at Taumarunui High School. She graduated from the University of Waikato in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws conjoint degree, and a Master of Laws degree with Honours. She was admitted to the Bar in 2012. Melissa joined the firm in January 2013.
Melissa's primary areas of practice are residential and rural conveyancing, subdivisions, retirement village matters, estate planning, estates and employment law.
Outside of the office Melissa enjoys running, cycling, sewing, cooking, gardening and hunting. She lives in Waitomo with her husband Ryan, who is a plumber with a local plumbing company.
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